11/13/13 Three separate people on three completely separate occasions this week have quoted and discussed Jack Kerouac. That is an interesting coincidence and I feel the need to quote him here. “The only truth is music.” That quote resonates with recently because I have been concentrating more on music in the past couple of weeks and have been so happy to be doing so. I have been teaching more lessons with old students and adding some new students to my studio. One of my new students even said she was going to call me to cancel on her first lesson but decided to come anyway and then told me after the lesson she was truly glad she decided to come and it was just what she needed. Another younger new student, after her first lesson, on her way out turned around and gave me a hug before leaving. Then personally, I had an awesome audition yesterday. I sang well at the audition, had fun and the auditioners seemed to really enjoy it. (The truth will be when I get a call for a callback tomorrow!) Yesterday afternoon, I am walking out of the apartment when two girls across the hall are walking out of their apartment and as we walk and get onto the elevator, I introduce myself because I have not met them before. One of the girls lived across the hall and the other was her friend. The neighbor asks me if I play piano and I say yes and start to apologize. She interrupts me and asks if I sing too. And I am now apologizing even more so for being so loud and maybe practicing either too late or too early. The neighbor cuts me off again and says no…practice more, keep doing it, you sound amazing…it is wonderful. Wow, what a compliment! Being an actor, singer, performer, etc. we constantly question ourselves if we are good enough etc. I should have gone with my gut, that since I am practicing my music more, teaching music more, auditioning for musical roles more and am happier doing so, that is the truth. I am being truthful to myself.